Camp is stressful, a lot of work, occasionally frustrating, and somewhat expensive. But despite those things it's also worth more than it costs. This week I hope to share a few of the reasons why, using the letters C.A.M.P.
Camp is a week of choices for the kids and the adults.
There are the relatively easy questions for the kids:
- Cereal or hot breakfast?
- Save my money for snack bar tonight or have a feast this afternoon?
- Pick up my clothes or hope the bunk inspector won't notice?
- Play dodgeball (again) or Shark Tag?
- Swim or play a board game?
- Will I follow the rules?
- Will I participate with a good attitude?
- Will I listen to the classes? And let others listen too?
- Will I include this girl I don't know in my group of friends?
- Will I try my best even if I don't receive an award?
- Will I be a good sport in dodgeball or will I resort to excuses? ("It didn't touch me, it touched my shirt!")
- Will I grumble about the "no cell phones, no electronic devices" rule or will I take this chance to really unplug and focus on other things?
And then there are the choices with eternal consequences:
- Will I ask questions about what it really means to follow Christ?
- Will I grow in my walk with Him?
- Will I give up a sin I've held onto?
- Will I really focus on the memory work so I can always remember it or will I rush through it to earn a prize?
The chances to make choices come often at camp. The results of bad choices are usually readily apparent. The good choices help make camp a joy.
The adults at camp have choices too:
- Will I be patient with these children even when it's a hot day and I only got five hours of sleep and I haven't had any coffee yet?
- Will I choose to find something to encourage in each child instead of a fault to correct?
- Will I lovingly, gracefully correct a child, if necessary, instead of snapping?
- Will I go to the pool even though it's a long walk and I don't really care about swimming?
- Will I referee yet another game of dodgeball even though some other counselor should really take a turn and I'm starting to feel put upon?
Did you attend camp as a kid? What choices did you make?